Monday, December 9, 2013

The Last Painting - Natural Resources

Natural Resources, 34" x 49", oil on canvas, 2013.

Yes, this is a reference to Family of Saltimbanques by Picasso, 1905. The German author Rainer Maria Rilke described Picasso's painting as "the ultimate loneliness and isolation of Man in this incomprehensible world, practicing their profession from childhood to death as playthings of an unknown will..." The subjects in Picasso's painting, however, were circus performers representing the isolation of people. Natural Resources is a depiction of ordinary people from different parts of the world (not circus performers) representing an isolation derived from a different contemporary struggle. I almost titled it after Gaugin's Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

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